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08 October 2017, 09:11 | Randolph Howard

Anthony Rizzo of the Cubs hit by a pitch against the Cardinals last week

Anthony Rizzo of the Cubs hit by a pitch against the Cardinals last week

They had accumulated one run and four hits through the first 16 innings of their NL Division Series against the Chicago Cubs.

Harper said Saturday before Game 2 of the NL Division Series against the Chicago Cubs that he'll feel more comfortable the more at-bats he gets. After all, if the Cubs win again tonight, Scherzer will be tasked with preventing Chicago from sweeping the Nationals out of the 2017 Major League Baseball postseason. He added: "On some days, when the pitcher's on, you can put Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, all of them out there, and he's still going to get them out".

"But that was Game 1".

At least this Cubs team, at last, can sing a different tune when it comes to the fates working for them instead of against.

The Chicago Cubs picked up their postseason play where they left off in 2016. In the bottom of the eighth inning, the 24-year-old five-time All-Star clobbered a two-run home run to right center field. The Cubs lost all three of their games to the 70-92 Mets this year, and they lost four of six to the Padres (71-91). "He's definitely the anti-Joe Maddon". The manager loves to tinker with his lineups, but his Game 1 decisions are hard to understand. His drive to left just cleared the wall.

Before Game 2, Bryce Harper said of his hitting: "I think it could get better". Zobrist went 0-4 at the plate, seeing only eight pitches in those appearances, a bad mark for a lead-off hitter. I talked to Jon Jay.

"I'm excited for the opportunity to pitch in the playoffs again".

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One pitch changed all that.

Update V: This game has been busted wide open!

In addition to the error, there was hardly any offense. Making his first postseason start at home since 2012 because Scherzer's tight right hamstring delayed his playoff debut, the left-hander allowed three runs on three hits - one a solo home run by Willson Contreras - in five innings. As we wrap up from Nats Park for tonight, check back tomorrow morning for a complete social recap of the Nationals' 6-3 victory! Where Hendricks did it with infuriating accuracy and persistence, Strasburg's stuff was electric-his fastball in the early going was sitting 97-98 miles per hour, and his changeup was absolutely wiping out Cubs hitters. We gave up a home run to Rajai Davis to tie [Game 7 of the World Series].

But this time around, it was the other team's relievers who came up small when the pressure was at its highest, with the duo of Edwards and Montgomery crumbling in the eighth, while the Nationals shined in their first real test.

It was the first extra-base hit for Harper since he returned from the disabled list during the last week of September after missing 42 games with an injured left knee. Victor Robles entered the game to pinch-run, but all that was required was a trot around the bases after Harper hammered a hanging curveball from right-hander Carl Edwards Jr. The Cubs ended up winning the game, 3-0, but Nats fans can tune in on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. ET on TBS to see if their team can even up the NLDS at 1. The pitching match-up will be Jon Lester vs Gio Gonzalez, who the Cubs have a history of knocking around.

The game could have turned in the fifth.



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